Adria Hotel Forum: Investors have a great interest in investing in Croatia and Montenegro

first_imgThomas Emanuel, the director of STR gave an overview of hotel performance from a global to local perspective, and then Siniša Topalović from Horwath HTL gave an assessment of investments in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Albania and Montenegro. Adria Hotel Forum (AHF), the leading hotel investment conference in Southeast Europe, opened yesterday in Zagreb, at the Hilton Garden Inn, where more than 300 participants, prominent international hotel owners, investors, representatives of global management companies and experts in the field gathered in one place. finance and consulting. Photo: AHF Although there are powerful local companies in Croatia that own most of the accommodation capacities, with Valamar in the first position, it was concluded that there is room for other investors, noting that investments should be made in medium category hotels, ie 2 and 3 stars. The conference was opened after welcoming speeches by Toni Bilušić, Deputy Head of the City Office for Economy, Energy and Environmental Protection, and Tonči Glavina, State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia. Marina Franolić, founder of the Adria Hotel Forum and now director of Central and Eastern Europe Bench Events, and Jonathan Worsley, President of Bench Events, who expressed satisfaction that they are the organizers of the AHF for the first time. Namely, Bench Events, as a world-famous organizer of hotel conferences, has acquired AHF, which is now taking place as an event as part of a new series of hotel investment conferences called “IDEA“, Focused on the regions of Central, Southern and Eastern Europe and the CIS. Jonathan Worsley, The CEO of Bench Events led the first panel discussion in which they participated James Chappell, global business director of Horwath HTL, Markus Lehnert, Vice President of Hotel Development at Marriot International, Frank Reul, Head of Development for Eastern Europe from AccorHotels and Stefan Trienen, Google Leader for Eastern and Central Europe and Africa. They concluded that the only thing I can say with certainty is that things will change drastically in the next few years, all accompanied by the further development of digital technology that allows customers, potential travelers to quickly and easily book accommodation anywhere in the world on their smartphones. . All companies will adapt even more to this and base their development on following the wishes of their potential clients who are increasingly looking for and expecting from hotel companies.  Numerous speakers in the first part of the conference discussed the future of the hotel industry and plans for its development in five and ten years, respectively. The general conclusion is that investors have a great interest in investing in this region and that this is the right time for governments to be even better prepared and offer more to attract them. How investors perceive the region of Southeast Europe and how to attract investors were discussed under the guidance of Christian Schuster from Uniline Ivana Budin Arhanić, Vice President for Development at Valamar Riviera, Reuel Slonim, President of the Management Board of Arena Hospitality Group, Nicola Lichtenberg, senior manager of hotel acquisitions and transactions from Aroundtown SA and Clive Hiller from Collier. Arena and Valamar, as they pointed out, have already started the expansion of their business outside Croatia. Specifically Arena in Hungary and Germany, and Valamar in Austria where they bought hotels. There is a strong investment in the existing portfolio, especially the facilities are repositioned and rearranged into 4 and 5 stars, because such investments bring the largest and fastest return on capital. Investors are very interested in investing, not only in the hotel sector in this region, and the greatest potential, looking at the advantages and disadvantages, currently has Montenegro. He assessed Croatia as a tourist country in that area as the most attractive. This was followed by a discussion on state aid being offered to attract investors. The panel led the discussion James Chappel, and they talked about what they offer Tonči Glavina from the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, and his colleagues from the Ministries of Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro Renata Pinjo, Eva Strauss Podlogar i Damir Davidović. All of these countries are currently in the focus of the investment community and each strives in its own way to attract them and facilitate their investments with financial, fiscal and other benefits. They also concluded that everyone in their country must invest in people, because this resource is becoming increasingly important to investors who will invest where labor is available. Despite the challenges, Croatia and the markets in the rest of this region are extremely attractive to foreign investors due to their excellent position and natural beauty, concluded this panel.last_img read more

Gereau, Thies take first Raceway Park wins of season

first_imgHis Sunday night IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers were the first at Raceway Park this season for Todd Gereau. (Photo by Tim Smith)By Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (June 25) – Two drivers broke into victory lane for the first time this season Sunday at Raceway Park.In the Casey’s General Stores IMCA Stock Car feature, Todd Gereau took control at the front of the field after a mid-race pileup in the first turn involving six cars shook up the field. In the final laps, Gereau came under heavy pressure from multi-time champion track Jason Ward but kept control of the inside line to take the win.The Total Motors IMCA Modified feature saw Jim Thies take his first win of the year in a near flag-to-flag performance.The Golden Auto Sales IMCA Hobby Stocks had another big field of cars, with action coming right down to the checkered flag.Aaron Shearn, David Miller and Andy Hoffman had battled for the top spot over much of the feature with Miller making one last attempt to get under Shearn on the final turn, only to spin and drop outside the top 10 as Shearn raced under the checkered flag.The KCAU9 IMCA Northern SportMod feature was all Todd Boulware, who took an unchallenged win.last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw as the National League MVP — the numbers don’t lie

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Here is the case to be made for Kershaw and how he ranks among his National League peers. Stats below are limited to the 44 qualifying National League pitchers who have averaged at least one inning pitched for every game his team has played.WINS19 – Kershaw18 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)/Adam Wainwright (St. Louis)11.27 – National League average Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw looks to be a shoo-in for his third National League Cy Young Award. However, unlike last season when the southpaw won the Cy Young Award and placed sixth in the NL Most Valuable Player Award voting, the 26-year-old appears to be a serious NL MVP candidate.In 19 starts since June 2, Kershaw has gone 16-1 with a miniscule 1.26 earned-run average. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since 1913 — the first year earned runs were tracked in both major leagues — the only pitcher with a stretch of 19 starts within one season in which he recorded at least 16 wins with no more than one loss with an ERA as low as Kershaw’s is the St. Louis legend Bob Gibson,The Cardinals right-hander went 17-1 with a 0.72 ERA over a 19-start span from June 2 through Sept. 2, 1968.Which is fitting considering the last pitcher to win an NL MVP was Gibson in 1968, when he finished 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA.center_img WIN-LOSS PCT..863 – Kershaw (19-3).706 – Jordan Zimmermann (Washington, 12-5).527 – National League averageERA (Earned-Run Average)1.70 – Kershaw2.15 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)3.53 – National League averageWHIP (Walks plus Hits divided by Innings Pitched)0.83 – Kershaw0.96 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)1.24 – National League averageCOMPLETE GAMES6 – Kershaw4 – 4 players tied0.98 – National League averageSTRIKEOUT-TO-WALK RATIO7.82 – Kershaw6.00 – Jordan Zimmermann (Washington)3.16 – National League averageSTRIKEOUTS PER NINE INNINGS10.63 – Kershaw10.25 – Stephen Strasburg (Washington)7.40 – National League averageAnd for the more advanced pitching statistics, we offer Kershaw and his top competition in the National League:FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching)(Measures pitcher’s effectiveness at preventing HR, BB, HBP and causing strikeouts)1.86 – Kershaw2.61 – Hyun-Jin Ryu (Dodgers)2.77 – Jordan Zimmermann (Washington)ERA+(adjusted to the player’s ballpark)210 – Kershaw168 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)147 – Cole Hamels (Philadelphia)WAR (Wins Above Replacement)(Number of wins the player added to the team above what a replacement player would add)8.0 – Kershaw6.5 – Jason Heyward (Atlanta)6.4 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)WPA (Win Probability Added)(Given average teams, this is the change in probability; a change of +/- 1 would indicate one win added or lost)5.2 – Kershaw4.3 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)3.7 – Adam Wainwright (St. Louis)SITUATIONAL WINS SAVED(Sum of WPA divided by the leverage index for each play)5.3 – Kershaw3.9 – Adam Wainwright (St. Louis)3.9 – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)last_img read more